New Standard for Safety Signs

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The International Standard for Safety Signs has been updated to incorporate new safety signs that are in use around the world.

ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies (ISO member bodies). 

From no-go areas on construction sites to emergency exits, ISO 7010, Graphical symbols — Safety colors and safety signs — Registered safety signs, prescribes safety signs for the purposes of accident prevention, fire protection, health hazard information, and emergency evacuation.

It features the shape and color of the sign as referenced in ISO 3864-1,

ISO 3864 consists of the following parts, under the general title Graphical symbols — Safety colors and safety signs:

  • Part 1: Design principles for safety signs and safety markings;
  • Part 2: Design principles for product safety labels;
  • Part 3: Design principles for graphical symbols for use in safety signs; and
  • Part 4: Colorimetric and photometric properties of safety sign materials.

Examples of safety signs documented in the standard include everything from warnings around deep water, electricity or barbed wire, to instructions such as ‘do not walk or stand here’, or to ‘not use lifts in the event of a fire.’